Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween Report 2017


The Moon adds a ghostly glow to the Duncan Street Halloweenscape.

  
21st Annual Report: Halloween at Duncan Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia


I have tracked Halloween trick-or-treaters at my doorstep in West End Halifax since 1996. This year's numbers were up significantly with some dramatic shifts in popular costumes with the dominant vampires, zombies and princess costumes all but disappearing, pushed out by skeletons and ninjas.

TOTAL:114

Past Totals-
2016: 81; 2015: 101; 2014: 97; 2013: 80; 2012: 50! 2011: 80; 2010: 88; 2009: 99; 2008: 103; 2007: 125; 2006: 168; 2005: 187:  2004: 184; 2003: 187; 2002: 193; 2001: 152;   2000: 171; 1999-175;   1998-160; 1996-215

First Caller:  6:05 p.m.      Peak: 6:45         Last Caller:   8:47 p.m.

Costumes by type:

Addams Family (Wednesday): 1
Angel (TV show): 1 
Archer, Robin Hood era: 1

Basketball player: 1
Bat: 1
Beaker (Muppet show), great homemade costume: 1
Bear: 1
Bees: 2
Butler (great vintage outfit): 1

Cake (elaborate, tiered costume): 1
Cats: 4, including 1 boy cat, a first
Cat Vampire: 1 
Cowboy (sheriff): 1
Cowgirl: 1
Crayola Crayon (turquoise): 1

Doll: 1

Dead Doll (beautiful make-up): 1
Dragons: 5

Elephant: 1

Fire truck: 1
Fullmetal Alchemist character (Anime TV series): 1

Gryffindor student (Harry Potter): 1
Goldilocks: 1 (and three bears, adult helpers)
Ghoul masks, generic: 2
Ghoul mask, with light and sound effects: 1

Green Lantern: 1
Groucho Marx: 1

Harley Quinn comics character: 1
Halo character: 1
Hey Arnold! characters (TV show): 2


Invisible Man (camouflage costume): 1

Jelly Belly bag of Jelly Beans: 1

Ladybug: 1
Lion: 1

Mad Hatter: 1
Medusa (great illuminated snake hair): 1
Minecraft (video game): 1
Monster:1
Mummy: 1

HMCS Nelson, Independence class littoral combat ship with working propeller: 1
Ninjas: 10
Ninjas, Teenage Mutant Turtle variety: 2

Olaf (Frozen character): 1
Old Man: 1


Pikachu: 1
Pirates!:7
Plaque Doctors: 2
Princess Lea in Empire Strikes Back Endor outfit: 1
Power Rangers:3

Queen Elizabeth (young) great vintage outfit: 1


Robot, illuminated! with grandmother also as robot: 1


Scarecrow: 2
Shark: 1
Skeletons: 10
Skeletons (Book of Life, Day of the Dead style): 3
Spider: 1
Spiderman:3
Sponge Bob Square Pants: 1
Stormtrooper (Star Wars): 1
Strawberry: 1
Superowl: 1

Terrorist: 1

Unicorn: 2

Wasp: 1
Witches: 2
Wrestler (John Cena): 1

Zombie:1
Zombie Doctor: 1

Halloween on Duncan Street: Candy and survey clipboard!
Best Overall Costumes:
1) Dead Doll - impressive vintage clothes and terrific make-up.
2) Beaker, the Muppet character, perfect expression and hair.
3) Robot, with coloured lights, escorted by Mom, also in robot costume.

Costume Trends:

1) Most popular costume:Skeletons, in many forms.
2)  Ninjas were a close second, also in many sizes and colours.
3) An increase in insects: 2 bees, 1 wasp, 1 hornet & a ladybug.
4) Dramatic fall in vampires, merely a single vampire cat compared to 6 last year.
5) A hearty increase in pirates, with a lot of impressive pirate weaponry, always good to see for an author of a history of Canadian piracy.
6) Zombies dying off, only a couple.
7) A fall-off in superheroes: no Batman, no Superman, only a few Spidermen.
8) No princesses, aside from one Princess Lea and a young Elizabeth
9) A lot of vintage TV characters.


My thanks to survey helpers: Patricia Acheson, Mary Louise Conlin, Anna Wedlock and Craig Stamp.


Monday, 31 October 2016

2016 Halloween Report


20th Annual Report: Halloween at Duncan Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

This year's jack-o-lantern

I have tracked Halloween trick-or-treaters at my doorstep in West End Halifax for 20 years. This year's numbers were down slightly but still healthy - and entertaining.









TOTAL: 81

Past Totals-
2015: 101; 2014: 97; 2013: 80; 2012: 50! 2011: 80; 2010: 88; 2009: 99; 2008: 103; 2007: 125; 2006: 168; 2005: 187:  2004: 184; 2003: 187; 2002: 193; 2001: 152;   2000: 171; 1999-175;   1998-160; 1996-215

First Caller:  5:52 p.m.      Peak: 7:00         Last Caller:   8:45 p.m.

Costumes by type:

AC/DC Rock Star (Angus Young): 1
Astronaut Cow: 1

Batman: 1
Butterflies 2

Cat: 1
Construction worker: 1 (Impressive safety gear): 1
Corpse Bride: 1

Dory: 3
Dinosaur (Stegosaurus): 1
Dragon: 1

Fairy (Woodland Fairy, beautiful flowers): 1

Hermione (Harry Potter character): 1
Hockey Player: 1
Hot Dog: 1

Jaguar: 1

Knight: 1

Leopard: 1
Lion: 1
Luke Skywalker: 1

Masquerade mask: 1
Mavis (Hotel Transylvania character): 1
Monster Inc: 2
Minecraft (Steve): 1
Mouse (Paw Patrol): 1

HMCS Nelson frigate: 1
Ninjas:  6
Nemo: 3
No costume (A Hollister shirt): 1

Paddington Bear (very good costume): 1
Pilot (1930s): 1
Pirate: 1
Pizza: 1
Police Officer (SWAT team, cool helmet): 1
Pokemon character: 1
Popcorn box: 1
Princess: 1
Power Rangers: 2
Puppy: 1

Raven (Everafter High character): 1
Robin Hood: 1
Rumpelstiltskin: 1

Santa: 1
Scorpion (Mortal Kombat): 1
Scream Masks: 2
Slimer (Ghostbusters character): 1
Soldier: 1

Spiderman: 1
Stormtrooper (Star Wars): 1
Stripper: 1
Supergirl: 1

Tiger: 2
Two Headed monster (creative homemade costume): 1

Vampire Cat: 1
Vampires: 6
Vintage Clothing: 1
Witch: 1
Windwalker character: 1

Zombies: 2
Zombie Bride: 1
Zombie football player: 1
Zombie school girl: 1
Our suspended spider which, from time to time, pounced on unsuspecting survey respondents.
Best Overall Costumes:
1) Box of popcorn (home-made with beautiful kernels made from spray foam insulation)
2) Halifax class frigate with toilet paper gun turret, worn by a sea cadet
3) Woodland fairy, with lovely real flowers

Costume Trends:

1) Vampires tied with Ninjas.
2) Dramatic fall off in witches, only one compared to 5 last year
3) The skeletons have died: one this year but five last year.
4) Zombies flourishing in several varieties.
5) Dory, finding Nemo big with younger kids
6) A fall-off in superheroes
7) A lot of video game characters
8) Big cats flourishing: tigers, leopard, jaquar, lion. 
9) No Donald Trump. The one kid I thought might be one was a homemade Luke Skywalker costume with a very unruly yellow wig. (I have never seen any children in my neighbourhood do a political character for Halloween - that's boring adult stuff.) 


Most parents, about 2/3, were, wearing costumes, up from past years.

My thanks to survey helpers: Patricia Acheson, Mary Louise Conlin, Dana Echner and Bruce MacDougall.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween Report: Duncan Street Halifax


Halloween with Black Bart's Flag on Duncan Street

For the last 18 years I have tracked the Halloween costumes that come to my doorstep on Duncan Street in West End Halifax. You can see the reports from 2014 here and 2013 here. This year the numbers were up for the third year in a row, although my favourite category pirates was still only modestly represented.

TOTAL: 101

Past Totals-
2014: 97;  2013: 80;  2012: 50!;  2011: 80;  2010: 88;  2009: 99;  2008: 103;  2007: 125;  2006: 168;   2005: 187;  2004: 184;  2003: 187;   2002: 193;  2001: 152;  2000: 171;  1999-175;  1998-160;  1996-215

First Caller:  5:45 p.m.
Peak: 7:00
Last Caller:   8:45 p.m.

Alice in Wonderland: 1
Anoymous/V for Vendatta/hacker: 1
Apes: 2
Astronaut (nice homemade costume): 1

Baby: 4
Bat: 1
Batman: 4
Bug: 1
Bunny Rabbit: 1

Camp fire: 1
Cat woman: 1
Chase (cartoon character): 1
Clowns: 2
Commando: 1
CBC Cowboy: 1
Curious George: 1

Darth Vader: 3
Dead Prom Queen: 1
Dead dog: 1
Dead Mouse (DJ): 1
Dinosaur: 1
Doll: 1
Draculaura: 1
Dragon: 1

Ever-after High character: 1

Frog: 1

Ghosts: 2
Grim Reaper (really into role): 1

Halo character: 1
Horsehead: 1
Hospital patient: 1

Knights (terrific home-made costumers): 2

Ladybug: 1
Lightning McQueen (Cars character, homemade costume): 1

Masquerade mask: 1
Michael Jackson: 1
Monster: 1
Monster head (great papier mache head): 1
Monster, 4 eyed (great make up): 1

Nurse: 1
Ninjas:  5
Ninja turtles: 3

Pirates: 3 (all female)
Police Officer: 1
Pumpkin (6 months old!): 1
Princesses: 2
Princess: (Aurora): 1

Pyjama Party: 1

Skeletons: 4
Sky, helicopter pilot: 1
Serial Killer: 1
Snowman (Olaf): 1
Snowman (Frosty): 1
Spiderman (classic): 1
Spiderman (dark): 1
Squid (nice home-made): 1
Stormtrooper (Star Wars): 1
Superman: 1
Super Mario: 2
Super Tag (home-made superhero character): 1
Swamp monster: 1
SWAT Team: 1

Tiger: 1

Vampires: 6
Vintage Clothing: 1
Witches: 5
Yugio: 1

Zombie: 1
Zombie construction worker: 1
Zombie basketball player (really into role): 1

Home-made Costumes: 23
 
Best Overall Costumes:
* Campfire, lighted skirt, firewood belt with marshmallow head.
* Two knights, personally designed coat of arms, cool helmets.
* A wonderful home-made bat costume with wings made from umbrellas.
* A CBC cowboy – great cowboy costume with CBC bandana.
* Impressive home-made astronaut costume.
* Amazing papier mache monster head.
* Beautiful Dead Mouse DJ with lighted ears.

Costume Trends:

1) Classic vampires were the top costume, often with impressive make-up.
2) Classic witches were close second.
3) Far fewer princess costumes than past years.
4) Lots of Ninjas.
5) An increase in skeletons.
6) No devils.
7) No generic ghoul masks.
8) Not as many super heroes as in past years, but Batman clearly tops.
9) No Cross Dressers.
10) Many parents, about half, were, wearing costumes, up from past years.
Two moms dressed as Princess Leia with sons dressed as Darth Vader.
11) Fewer older trick or treaters – and no surly un-costumed teenagers.